"Samuel de Champlain, the soldier, navigator, explorer, writer, mapmaker, nation builder and adventurer, not only named Lake Champlain, the lake upon which our community borders but, according to his journals, actually touched the soil in what is now Bicentennial Park at the lower La Chute River Falls," said June Curtis, a Ticonderoga Historical Society trustee.
Following each of these programs, the Ticonderoga Historical Society, co-sponsor of the 2009 Celebration Champlain Committee, discussed the proposed Samuel de Champlain monument in the new Champlain Legacy Park, and distributed renderings of the Rock of Ages design.
Students were encouraged to visit the Hancock House and to consider the Ticonderoga Historical Society for their senior projects, community service and volunteer activities.
"By introducing great things to children, children can learn to do great things," Curtis said.
Both programs were funded by a Quadricentennial 2008 Community Mini-Grant funded by the Natural Heritage Trust.
"The Ticonderoga Historical Society is most appreciative of this grant and enjoys the privilege of honoring our cultural heritage and promoting the 2009 Celebrations in our Community and in our schools," Curtis said.